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2010 SOURCE Expo Highlights

WHO ATTENDED THE EXPO?

The Ethical Fashion Forum’s SOURCE EXPO saw nearly 800 industry professionals walk through the doors including designers, buyers from both the mainstream and ethical retail sector, press and independant brands.

Brands who attended include: Marks and Spencers, Vivienne Westwood, Arcadia Group, Ted Baker. John Lewis, Monsoon, Debenhams, Burberry, Ben Sherman, ASOS, Dorothy Perkins, Aubin and Wills, New Look and many others.

Following success of the SOURCE EXPO’s launch in 2009 the size of the event has almost tripled and is set to continue to grow.

WHO ATTENDED THE EXPO?

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Visitor Highlights

WHAT VISITORS SAID ABOUT IT….

“Sustainability negates the superficiality of fashion. It’s time to have a clear conscience each time you open the wardrobe and the Source Expo is how.” Laurel Keenan, Senior Designer, New Look

“I was impressed by the quality and community formed around the EFF Expo. This was an excellent opportunity to network with likeminded sources and business owners. I wish we had a community like this in Los Angeles!” Lori Fox, Raven and Lily

“Amazing- loved it! Very inspiring, thought provoking, beneficial ..” Charlie Lamb, Designer, Creation 26

“The Source Expo has been a vital networking opportunity” Pheobe Stockman , Wedding Dress designer

“Very inspiring to see the variety of suppliers and designers” Fong Wong- Designer and Lecturer at the London College of Fashion

“Wonderful, enticing and fantastically exhausting! (in a great way!)” Zoe Powell, Textile Designer

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Visitor Highlights

SEMINAR PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

The seminar programme at the Expo was broad- covering issues from sourcing from China, Africa and India to certification and standards, innovation and best practice. See the full programme of 2010 here

“Great seminars led by passionate, knowledgeable panel members. Would definitely go again”
Emma Hiscock, Retail manager/ buyer, FAIR

“Fantastic seminars”
Holly Sherwood, Ted Baker

If you did not attend the EXPO and would like to access seminar summaries see our RESOURCES

SEMINAR PROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS

EFF SOURCE PLATFROM INTRODUCED

The Ethical Fashion SOURCE , a comprehensive package of benefits for Ethical Fashion Forum members was introduced at the SOURCE EXPO.

THE SOURCE platform will launch in December this year and will provide fashion professionals with the information, promotion, and connections they need to secure commercial success- while maximising benefits to people and minimising impact on the environment.

EFF SOURCE PLATFROM INTRODUCED

INNOVATION PAYS AT KNOCK ON THE DOOR

This year the SOURCE EXPO included a Designer Pavilion for the fIrst time. Knock on the Door brought an innovative concept to the Designer Pavilion- working with a range of talented designers to showcase ethical collections:

“The Source Expo provided a great opportunity to develop relationships with buyers and press. As a direct result of the event we will now be stocked in Offset Warehouse, The Junction Boutique and Ruby Plum.” Charlotte Bramford, Knock on the Door

www.knockonthedoor.com

INNOVATION PAYS AT KNOCK ON THE DOOR

MANTIS WORLD: BROAD INTEREST IN AFRICAN MANUFACTURE

Mantis World , producing fashion ranges to high ethical standards in East Africa, impressed visitors:

“We spoke to many people on the real feasibility of manufacturing good quality sustainable clothing in Africa. The number of people who were surprised and impressed by our set up was an eye opener – from big heavyweights like Topman to researchers, NGOs and start ups. We’ve already taken orders on our stock range, working on quotes for special production and have made some fantastic connections for long term partnerships”
Prama Bhardwaj , Mantis World

http://manitsworld.com

MANTIS WORLD: BROAD INTEREST IN AFRICAN MANUFACTURE

SUCCESS AT NORMAN HANGERS

Norman Hangers, who were sponsors of the SOURCE EXPO event received widespread interest in their innovative range of eco-clothes hangers:

“We were overwhelmed by the response Norman Hangers received ….we had a constant flow of people visiting and interested in us….from representatives of big names like Vivienne Westwood and Monsoon to smaller brands from all over the world- from Germany, Sweden to the United States and Uruguay.” Pieter Theron, Norman Hangers

www.normanhangers.com

SUCCESS AT NORMAN HANGERS

MARLING AND EVANS MAKE WAVES

Marling and Evans showcased an impressive range of British made textiles in the premium area of the exhibition:

“We were very pleased with the EFF Expo, and took the opportunity to continue our dialogue with Marks & Spencer and capture fresh interest from Katharine Hamnett and Patrick Organics amongst others for our natural, undyed British-wool cloth. There was a friendly but focused air about the Expo that made the event work well both for us as exhibitors and for our customers….we will definitely be back.” Richard Martin, Director, Marling and Evans

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MARLING AND EVANS MAKE WAVES

PANCHACHULI: CHANGING LIVES IN INDIA

Panchachuli gained considerable interest at the Expo: a reflection of their professional approach, wide product range and impressive social impact.

“We were really busy with promoting our company as soon as the show opened. We were delighted with the level of interest shown in our fabrics and accessories, and made some really positive contacts, which will be long term associates- from large High St retailers to independent brands“ Mary King, Panchachuli

www.panchachuli.co.uk

PANCHACHULI: CHANGING LIVES IN INDIA

PAPER VINE: A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN UGANDA

Paper Vine supports the most vulnerable in Uganda through its ranges of paper bead products.

“Our location within the Expo worked very well for us – the footfall was excellent throughout the day and we certainly felt that there was a lot of interest in Paper Vine, so we are happy customers” Jo Oldman, Paper Vine Ltd

www.papervine.co.uk

PAPER VINE: A WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY FOR WOMEN IN UGANDA

REPRESENTATION WORKS: SAWANG BORAN

Sawang Boran works with one of many silk-producing villagers in Konkaen, Thailand to help build sustainable livelihoods.

_“The Expo has been an excellent opportunity for Sawang Boran: the few silks I sent (just 6 samples) did some of the talking quite persuasively. The interest and questions they generated (faithfully and articulately passed on to me by the EFF’s representative) gave me a sense that there is a future for traditional silk artisans’ skills.
I was amazed to receive, within days, a UK designer’s request for a first order of our silk… even without my being there to give all the information I normally provide!”_
Rosanne Trottier, Sawang Boran

www.weaving.sawangboran.com

REPRESENTATION WORKS: SAWANG BORAN

ADA ZANDITON: PRESS AND BUYER SUCCESS IN THE DESIGNER PAVILION

Ada Zanditon, showing in the DESIGNER PAVILION was awarded the SOURCE EXPO design award, launched this year.

“Source Expo was an excellent event that Ada Zanditon was delighted to participate in – it was a great showcase for the brand and excellent contacts were made with both boutiques and press.”
Ada Zanditon

www.adazanditon.com

ADA ZANDITON: PRESS AND BUYER SUCCESS IN THE DESIGNER PAVILION

WINNING CONNECTIONS: MORAL FIBRE- REET AUS

Cutting edge designer REET AUS, showing in the Designer Pavilion connected with supplier exhibitor MORAL FIBRE, which supports thousands of people in rural India. Watch this space for any updates on this collaboration..

www.moralfibre-fabrics.com

www.reetaus.com

WINNING CONNECTIONS: MORAL FIBRE- REET AUS

GREENHOUSE GRAPHICS: PRINTING PIONEER

SOURCE EXPO SPONSOR Greenhouse Graphics is breaking new ground with sustainable printing standards- and printed all promotional materials at the Expo including banners on bamboo stands.

If you have printing needs and are looking for a well executed, affordable and sustainable product- consider Greenhouse.

www.greenhousegraphics.co.uk

GREENHOUSE GRAPHICS: PRINTING PIONEER